Showing posts from 2014

Apollo Bay's Tactile Pleasure Group Exhibition is on again!

Where: Anglican Church Hall, Apollo Bay
When: Wednesday, 7th January to Saturday, 31st January 2015 A fantastic group of Artists, working in mediums like photography, sculpture, textiles, painting, woodwork and more, invite you to experience the Tactile Pleasure of their exhibition. 
Below is a taster of the January exhibition. Detailed information about all the participating artist can be found at the Tactile Pleasure Facebook page.
Post by Tactile Pleasure.

The Music Makers - Angie Smales

Whilst music played a big part in Angie's younger life, it wasn't until she was in her fifties, seizing the opportunity an empty nest provides, that she started her music studies with a renewed focus.

She calls it her 'Alzheimer prevention program'. Angie's studies follow the Music Theory and Music Craft syllabus of AMEB.

Originally she chose 'voice' as her instrument, but her Austrian heritage and life's circumstances brought the zither back into her life and she now works through her course using a 9 chord zither with 2 and a half octaves of melody strings.

This beautiful zither was made to her specific requirements by
Zitherbau Marko
one of the few German zither builders still in operation today.

It's almost impossible to learn to play an instrument without learning about it's history and it is the history of the chord zither that provided the spark for Angie to seek out and restore, with the help of her husband, antique chord zithers.

Angie b…

Birregurra Festival 2014 revisited!

If you happen to be one of the few who missed this years festival, you are probably tired of hearing that you have missed the BEST ever festival by now.
Well, thanks to Debra Chant, here is your chance to see what all the fuss is about and for all of us who were there, this is a lovely re-visit.
See how many faces you recognise!
Birregurra Arts Group members featured are:
Monica Provan, Robert Mills, Pam Fyfe, The Ukulele Kollective and the Gospel Singing Group.

The art of communication and the communication of art....

Image the circular concept that feeds and drives the work of Linnet Hunter, poet, coach and small business mentor.

Linnet is one of those rare individuals who is gifted on both sides of this communication coin.
On the 'art of communication' side, this word-smith is acutely aware that a very large part to genuine communication is to truly listen.
Whether that be listening to those around you or to your intrinsic self. Through WILD SKY, she offers artists an opportunity to learn the skills of communication and listening, thereby liberating them to express themselves through their art.
Linnet offers workshops, seminars and on-on-one consultations to help artists to find their wings by creating support structures for their work and strengthening their creativity through the power of words.

On the 'communication of art' part of the coin, Linnet's poems talk straight to the heart, they are deeply felt.
She says her poems are a gift, that they arrive from somewhere and it i…

...tis the season...

...for carols by Chord Zithers! Ever wished you could play an instrument?
Find out how easy it is with a chord zither by joining our carols zither workshop.
If you own your own instrument, bring it along or use one of our restored zithers to spread a little joy this season.

3 December, 1-3pm or 7-9pm
6 Jenner Street, Birregurra
To book:
Phone 5236 2644
Cost: Free workshop, zithers, notes & tune sheets will be available on the day.

Do Art & Business mix? Yes they do!

Here is a last minute opportunity for artist still wondering if they can!
For bookings email Linnet or contact her on 0414629539 or go to her website

The Music Makers - Nathaniel Taylor

The reluctant music maker
Nathaniel Taylor moved to Birregurra, with his new bride Elizabeth Braid, at the beginning of 2014, after securing his first teaching position as Teacher of Music at Trinity College, Colac.

His music making had an early start with piano lessons, aged 5. Like so many music students, he loved playing but not so much practicing. A change of teacher, to one who recognised, stretched and extended his talent, enabled the young Nathaniel to work through the AMEB stream. He went to Ballarat's Clarendon College, a secondary school renowned for it's strong music program, where he added the violin to his repertoire and played it in the school orchestra. His VCE subjects included Music Styles, Solo Performance/Classical Piano.

Even though he enjoyed music, he did not plan a career in music and definitely did not want to be a teacher. After a gap year and some travel he enrolled in an Arts/Marketing degree at Monash University.
Whilst a career in music was not on…

I love it when a plan comes together!!!

If you haven't heard already, Birre is coming alive with the sounds of music.
It's been a few months now since we started our little singing group in the Anglican Church hall every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. And it's growing! Not just in singers but in enthusiasm.

Each session just seems to be getting better and better. More confident! More relaxed! More fun!

The group was spawned from the idea of bringing together Birre's community members from all walks of life to sing - with no particular aim in mind - just to enjoy the joy and have some fun. And last night was exactly that - a Super Fun night!

After practicing a tune that we'll join OMM with during the festival weekend, Nathaniel Taylor had us sounding fantastic with our brand new favourite song - Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready (beautifully sung by the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir - Hi Roz!). Now, while religion does tend to feature from time to time in some of the gospel songs we sing - I suppose that is the …

Honky Tonk Heaven at Barwon Downs

Just 9 days to buy you ticket to the Barwon Downs country dance from Birre General Store or Dymond & Dymond - great music from Rusty Berther's friends and just $20 a ticket. 
Round up a carload, chuck on your dancing shoes and head to the Downs for a hoedown! The more we support these events, the more we will be able to bring to the area!

First Solo Show of Birregurra Artist - Liz Braid

Liz invites you to join her at her first solo show
'Where are we going? Always Home.' - Novalis

An Italian day of culture

Round up of our NGV Winter Masterpieces Daytrip - Wed 30th July Some think we're a little nuts to head out at the crack of dawn into the freezing cold to go and see some foreign paintings - but it's now our 2nd Winter Masterpieces daytrip and we're really getting to enjoy the frosty start.

It was a culture packed day which kicked off with some French pastries and the obligatory coffee followed by a casual stroll to our first stop, The Melbourne Arts Centre, where we spent some time ogling their fantastic in-house art collection including works by Charles Blackman, Inge King, Colin Lanceley, John Olsen (right) and Fred Williams.

Next was a guided tour through the extraordinary collection of Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo Del Prado. My personal favourite was a divine and captivating work by Caravaggio which superbly illustrated his unique and ground breaking light and shade technique called Caravaggism.

After enjoying a superb Italian lunch at La Ca…

Entries now open for Snapshots of Birregurra


Arts Atlas launches in South West Victoria

ArtsAtlas is a new arts communications portal for the South West Victoria region and exists to build a community of people who like to share what they do with others and who also like to know what’s going on.  
Having been successfully rolled out in Ballarat and the Goldfields region, it has been developed with artists, organisations and cultural groups in mind, in response to the needs of this region. Its aim is to bring people together, to share what’s going on and to profile our region.  
It is not only a tool of sharing for artists and cultural services but also a useful resource for the whole community, businesses and organisations wishing to work with artists and events.  
Arts Atlas South West invites artists and art lovers to be part of this community, to share your events, and show what you do. You can subscribe to the monthly e-news or check in to see what’s happening on the calendar.
Click here to visit ArtsAtlas
ArtsAtlas is supported by the Regional Arts Victoria Great …

The Music Makers - Birregurra's Gospel Singing Group

Singing is good for you!
Be it men or women, Young or not so young. According to Colin Slater, founder of Sing Australia, singing for fun can provide a counter force to the many pressures our modern life brings.  'Every day there is something new, pressuring us to achieve or fall behind. ..Although computers have made some tasks quicker, they have also increased the pressure to produce results faster, worse still, time for each other has decreased too, as the internet and email take over our social contact. Getting together to sing will enable us to enjoy each other's company and it will provide pleasure and relaxation. ..It will provide a sanctuary from the pressures of the world and provide a place where singers may enjoy the release and pleasure of singing.'
It is no wonder that Music Therapy is one of the fastest growing therapies, increasing the wellbeing of it's participants. Joining Birregurra Gospel Singing Group will increase your wellbeing and, as experienced b…


Birregurra Arts Group are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Snapshots of Birregurra Amateur Photography Competition featuring the Len Robb People’s Choice Award. Working closely in partnership with Birregura Arts Group—the Birregurra Mail, the Birregurra Weekend Festival Committee and the Birregurra Art Show are sponsoring the event and hope to make it an annual events which give our community an ever growing collection of artwork and archival images. Winners will be announced during the Birregurra Weekend Festival and an exhibition of all entries will run across the weekend.
Application forms will be available to pick up in a few weeks from a number of shops and outlets in Birre, Colac, Lorne, Winchelsea and Forrest. More info provided in a week or so. For now, here are the general details so you can start planning your entry.
Entries will open early-August and will close 26th SeptemberAll photos should be maximum 6”x8” and will exhibited at…